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Humanities Washington Presents a Free Public Discussion

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The Good Game: On the Moral Value of Sports

Sports are far more than a game—they have a tremendous impact on our culture, and lay claim to playing an important role in developing moral values like courage, teamwork, and sacrifice.

Join philosopher Mike VanQuickenborne for a deeper exploration of our obsession with sports. What makes something a sport? Is competition more helpful or harmful? What makes sports admirable? Is being a fan really a good thing? Should video games be considered a legitimate sport? What are the implications if genetic engineering enables us to create genetically enhanced athletes? Explore the philosophical implications of sports, what they say about our culture, and the ways in which they can reveal our full humanity.

Read an interview with Mike VanQuickenborne here.

Mike VanQuickenborne is a tenured philosophy instructor at Everett Community College, where he has been teaching since 1998. He has also taught philosophy at a variety of colleges on both sides of the Cascades. In between teaching courses, he has been researching in the area of sports and ethics since 2012. He has been a competitive swimmer at the collegiate level, as well as a water polo coach, but these days is content to ride his mountain bike on the trails. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College, earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and did graduate coursework at Purdue University.

VanQuickenborne lives in Anacortes.


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